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A bench headed by NGT Chairman Justice Adesh Kumar Goel has sought an action taken report from the National Ganga Council (NGC) on the matter. He said that the quality of water in Ganga should be as per norms.

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Even after decades of monitoring, fifty per cent of untreated sewage continues to be discharged into the Ganga and the National Ganga Mission does not appear to be in a position to take stringent measures against non-compliance. This was stated by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Sunday.

A bench headed by NGT Chairman Justice Adesh Kumar Goel has sought an action taken report from the National Ganga Council (NGC) on the matter. He said that the quality of water in Ganga should be as per norms as it is not only used for bathing but it is also used for achaam (sip of water before prayer or rituals).

NGT suggests for next meeting of NGC
The bench directed the member secretary of the NGC to file the action taken report before the next date of hearing on October 14. The NGT said that instead of continuing the action indefinitely without success, as has happened in the last 37 years, we suggest that the Member Secretary, NGC i.e. Director General, NMGC at the next meeting of the NGC to ensure prevention of pollution of Ganga. I can put an agenda for its review.

‘State officials not in a position to take strong steps’
The NGT said that in view of the dire situation, there is a need for a paradigm shift in execution and monitoring. It seems that the execution by the state authorities is not enough, too slow and lacking in accountability and not in a position to take stringent measures against failure.

The NGT also said that the executing agency should be proactive and effective in dealing with the pending challenge, with simple and flexible procedures and timelines. There should be a ‘zero tolerance’ policy for delays. Action should be goal-oriented with defined accountability, followed by dire consequences for defaults, the reverse is happening at the moment.

Endless delay unacceptable: NGT
The NGT said that close monitoring by the tribunal in recent years shows that the progress in stopping the disposal of sewage and effluents is not progressing on the expected lines. This endless delay is unacceptable.


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